The Resurgent Role of Legal History

in Modern Judicial Decisionmaking

Unit 5

Required Reading

Optional Reading

Class Objectives

 

U.S. Const., Amend. XIV

McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010) & hyperlinked historical sources

 

 

Akhil Reed Amar, The Bill of Rights: Creation & Reconstruction, chps. 7-12 (1998)

James Madison’s proposed power to “negative all laws passed by the several States”  (Philadelphia Convention May 29, 1787)

James Madison, Bill of Rights Proposal, First Congress (June 8, 1789)

Thomas H. Burrell, History of “Privileges & Immunities,” 35 Whittier Law Rev. ___ (2014)

 

Question whether the original meaning of the 14th Amendment has been irrevocably lost.  Good grief or good riddance?

Listen to oral arguments in McDonald v. Chicago

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